JESUS Luke 1:31 ~ “…and you shall name Him Jesus.”
J – JOURNEY Our journey all starts from darkness to light when we become born again. Free from the guilt of sin, from darkness to light. What a great transformation for us, from death to eternal life. My life totally changed when I gave my life to the Lord in 1974 and what an exciting journey it has been ever since.
4 But when the goodness and kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared [in human form as the Man, Jesus Christ], (5) He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we have done, but because of His own compassion and mercy, by the cleansing of the new birth (spiritual transformation, regeneration) and renewing by the Holy Spirit, (6) whom He poured out richly upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior, (7) so that we would be justified [made free of the guilt of sin] by His [compassionate, undeserved] grace, and that we would be [acknowledged as acceptable to Him and] made heirs of eternal life [actually experiencing it] according to our hope (His guarantee).”
E – EXPERIENCES We all have a story and what stories they can be! No-one I know has had the same walk that I have, everyone’s is different. Our tests need to become our testimonies, trials, our stepping stone or tomb stone. I know God can use all our experiences and walks for His glory. Somehow He always manages to turn ugliness into beauty and death into life. He uses our past to help someone’s future.
Phil 3:13-14 “13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
S – SINGULAR We are all called individually to do something that God has specifically designed for each of us to do in this life. Yes, we belong to the body of Christ and yet we function individually with each of our gifting and call. Remember to walk in your gifting and not someone else.
Rom 12:4-8 “4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”
U – US We need each other regardless of what we think. We are a family, the family of God and families hangout together. Gathering is very important as we find strength, build faith and become accountable to one another.
Ps 122:1 “I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord.” There is blessings and peace there.
S – SPLENDOR We have a hope and a future, both now and forever. We walk in the splendor of the earth and look forward to the majestic splendor of the heavens to come! Eternity is forever!
1 Cor 2:9 “Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed].”
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